The Department of Overlooked Histories was the final of three Departments within the Institute. For six weeks, artists An Endless Supply, Ruth Beale, Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry and Emma Smith worked in residence at Wysing.


The Department of Overlooked Histories

Artists in residence and public events 29 September - 12 November 2011
Gallery presentation 13-27 November


For The Department of Overlooked Histories, artists and artist groups An Endless Supply, Ruth Beale, Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry and Emma Smith worked at Wysing for six weeks. They looked at how history is constructed and the ways it is understood, accessed and presented.. A series of public events informed the development of work, which was presented in the gallery at the end of the residency.

It was the third in Institute of Beyond's series of residencies, preceded by The Department of Wrong Answers and The Department of Psychedelic Studies. The artists were also included within the end-of-year exhbition The Starry Rubric Set.




29 September, 6–8pm An evening of informal presentations by the artists-in-residence with invited artist contributor Marjolijn Dijkman.

8 October, 10–7pm Grizedale Arts lead a day of gathering, preparing and cooking food sourced from Wysing’s site, alongside informal talks on the histories of food production and the virtues of using the land, and concluding with a Harvest Service and Supper.

22 October, 2-5pm
Artist contributor Uriel Orlow will present his performance lecture Aide-Memorie (0.7); a piece which presents salvaged material of a future film and explores the territory between travelogue, slide show, obscure history lesson and immersive soundscape.

3 November, 6-8pm
Marjolijn Dijkman will present her research on how history is represented in the East of England and the role that idealisation plays in our constructed narratives. Dijkman’s contribution to the Department is in partnership with firstsite Associate Curator Jes Fernie.

12 November 2-8PM
The closing event for the Department of Overlooked Histories will includes talks, discussions and events with the artists-in-residence and invited contributors.